This article will provide all pastors and lay leaders with an update on Soul-Full and an invitation to participate in one or more of the Region’s dynamic stewardship education events scheduled for 2014.

Please find below a full list of stewardship events, ranging in topic from Creating a Culture of Generosity and Stewardship Planning 52 Weeks a Year, to Ministry, Mission & Money. Specialized topics focusing on Legacy Giving and Grant Writing will also be offered. In addition, the Region is excited to offer for all those interested in going green, our first ever, Creation Care Conference

We are thrilled to announce that leadership for these events will include: Bruce Barkhauer, the Director for the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving; Marilyn  Fiddmont, of the Christian Church Foundation; and, Nora Jacob, our very own, recent DSF, M-DIV graduate and grant-writing guru!

Clergy, you will be excited to know that CEU’s will be offered for each event.  

So, for all of you who have been asking for new and creative ways to bolster your stewardship understandings and programs, here are the perfect opportunities.  Pastors, this is also your chance to invite existing and potential lay leadership into a deeper understanding of what it means to be good Disciples stewards. 

Don’t wait, registration is only a call or click away, and seating is limited for some events.  You can register online at or by calling the Regional office at 626-296-0385. 

Now for the Soul-Full update, please read the following three paragraphs introducing how two congregations and one ministry group have begun getting involved.  

Story #1 comes from Pam Moore, Regional Board Moderator and pastor of the San Bernardino FCC. Pam connected her congregation to Soul-Full by sending me the following email:

Hi Dan, I visited our local UCC church on the day of their BIG yard sale.  I had them set aside all leftover shoes for me.  I now am the proud recipient of 8 boxes of shoes--not to mention the three bags that came out of Asa's room when he moved.  How do we get bags and materials for labeling these?  Pam

Story #2 is from Saundra Bryant of All Peoples Christian Center, who emailed me, “All Peoples would like to participate in the shoe campaign.  One of our board members would like to set up a receptacle at his office.  We can start with 20 bags.”

Story #3 comes from John Wolfersberger, former PSWR Regional Minister, who is now a member of the Redlands United Methodist Church. John called me last week to find out how to get his congregation involved with Soul-Full. This call led to Redlands UMC becoming our 1st ecumenical Soul-Full partner.  Their church will be sharing in Soul-Full as a way to fundraise for environmental upgrades on their congregation’s facility.

In closing, I want to share my favorite Soul-Full promotioal phrase to-date.  It comes from a member of the Redlands UMC who is challenging their people to participate by sharing the phrase, "Let someone else walk a mile in your shoes!"  

P.S. Ask your pastor about how your congregation is planning to participate in

Soul-Full Sunday, on, June 22, 2014!

   With Deep Gratitude for Gently Worn Shoes,

DanO (Oliver) - Your PSWR Minister of Stewardship and Giving

(Celebrating a Culture of Gratitude and Generosity in our Region and beyond!)




AuthorAlisa Mittelstaedt
Categories2014 SOUL-FULL

PSWR 2014 Stewardship Education Opportunities 
(events marked with an asterisk are co-hosted by DSF)

The Pacific Southwest Region is pleased to host a series of seminars focused on stewardship + giving this year. Below is the full list of offered seminars, the topics and locations of each. Registration is required. See below for more information. 

-June 21, Saturday                9:00am – 5:00pm              Hosted @ Fullerton FCC
Topics: Grant Writing 101 & Legacy Giving
Leader(s): Marilyn Fiddmont & Nora Jacob
Cost: $10 // CEU = .7

-September 13, Saturday            8:00am – 2:00pm              Hosted  @ Church of the Foothills     
Topic: Creation Care Conference
Leader(s): Various SCA Environmentalist leaders
Cost: $10 // CEU = .6 

-October 4, Saturday       9:00am – 5:00pm                 Hosted  @ Pacific Beach CC
Topics: Creating a Culture of Generosity & Grant Writing 101 
Leader(s): Bruce Barkhauer & Nora Jacob
Cost: $10 // CEU = .7

-October 5, Sunday         1:00-5:00pm                        Hosted  @ FCC Orange
Topic: Stewardship Planning 52 Weeks a Year
Leader: Bruce Barkhauer
Cost: $10 // CEU = .4

-October 31, Friday            9:00am – 3:00pm                *Co-hosted by and held at DSF
Topic: Ministry, Mission & Money  
Leader: Bruce Barkhauer
Cost: $10 // CEU = .5

-The previously scheduled November 1 event has been CANCELLED.

-November 2, Sunday                1:00-5:00pm                     Hosted  @ Torrance FCC
Topic: Stewardship Planning 52 Weeks a Year & Legacy Giving    
Leader(s) Bruce Barkhauer & Marilyn Fiddmont
 Cost: $10.            CEU = .4

For all above Stewardship Events, the registration deadline is 1 week prior to each event. 
You may register for multiple events at one time. 

AuthorAlisa Mittelstaedt
A message from Dan Oliver, Minister of Stewardship and Giving 

A message from Dan Oliver, Minister of Stewardship and Giving 

The Stewardship of Island Hospitality & Aloha Spirit

Twenty-four hours ago I was a reluctant passenger winding my way along the glorious Oahu coastline.  My destination - the Honolulu International Airport for my return flight to Los Angeles.  While joy normally surrounds my “coming home” from most trips, returning from Hawaii elicits a whole different emotion.  Saying goodbye to the island hospitality is always a challenge.  From the cool coastal breezes, the gentle sway of the palms, the fragrant smell of the Hibiscus, or the rhythmic sounds of a slack-key guitar, Hawaii offers refreshment to all who grace its soil. All are greeted with the gift of Aloha.  It is a continuous gift, from the moment you step off the plane, to that last glimpse of a crashing wave.

Aloha is more than just a word; it's a way of life. The Aloha Spirit transcends definition, it just is.  You can taste it in the sharing of a warm Malasadas, you can see it in the subtle rainbows nestled behind gentle showers, and believe it or not, you can even trust it in midst of freeway traffic. Nowhere else on this globe have I traveled, where freeway traffic slows down to welcome you aboard!  This is the gift of Aloha Spirit.  A gift, I am reminded of whenever I visit my island family.  A gift, I attempt to make part of my “coming home”, each time I return from the islands.

As Church, we have much to learn from the Aloha Spirit of our Island brothers and sisters. One early teaching of Aloha Spirit that was shared with children goes like this:

Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. 

When there is pain – it is my pain.

When there is joy – it is also mine.

I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me.

I will not willfully harm anyone or anything.

When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken.

The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect.

This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha!

As these words rolled off my tongue, I could not imagine a more passionate stewardship teaching.  What if all children were taught Aloha Spirit? What if all congregations embraced its meaning? After all, is this not what the gift of Christianity is all about?  David Bray, a local Kahuna, or Hawaiian shaman, reminded me of this when he shared that to the Hawaiian of old, Aloha meant “God in us.”

Eighteen hours ago, as my plane approached the City of Angels, I glanced out my window and as I viewed my home below, I smiled a joyful prayer of aloha. It was good to be home once again.  May God’s Aloha Spirit be with you all!

Celebrating a Culture of Gratitude and Generosity in our Region and beyond!!

 -DanO (Oliver) - Your PSWR Minister of Stewardship and Giving

AuthorAlisa Mittelstaedt

The Pacific Southwest Region is hosting a new and fresh way for EVERYONE to:

-Get Involved
Do Service
Provide Outreach
Raise Money
Practice Stewardship

We're sponsoring a shoe drive as a fundraiser for PSWR Congregations!

Here’s how it works:

From today through the Regional Assembly, Oct 17-18, 2014, your Region invites you to join us in collecting shoes. Any kind of shoes, sandals, tennis to boots…Rainbows to Adidas to Gucci, we’ll take them all. 

The idea is to collect as many pairs of shoes as you can and bring them to the Regional Assembly. At the Assembly, a company we are partnering with, Funds2orgs, will pick up all of our shoes and within a week, send us a check.

This is where the fun really starts. As soon as the Region receive this check, we will start sending money back to you.  The amount you receive will depend on how many pairs of shoes you collected ($10 for 25 pairs, $100 for 250 pairs, $1000 for 2500 pairs, $5000….!)  And, the best part is, all the money you raise is for you to do with as you please! It’s really that simple! Are you ready…?

So why should you go around collecting shoes?  What better way to engage in a faithful service open to all, which benefits the environment and people across the globe who need shoes. This is the ideal way to active practice being Disciples, “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world”


Host? Your Region

Coordinators? Dan Oliver, Kathleen Bybee and a Regional Support Team

Sponsoring Organization?

Participants? All congregations and ministry groups

Dates? Today through October 17-18, 2014 (Regional Assembly)

The Purpose? To collect SHOES – any kind and as many pairs as you can collect.

Cost? There is no cost to participants.  We provide you with bags, ties, promotional materials, and if needed, even storage pick up and drop off.

Benefits? Easy way to raise money without asking for a dime! You can raise as much as you like and apply it to whatever you like: Operating budget, youth, outreach, Loch Leven, the Region…

Spiritual Benefits?  This is a faithful service open to all, which benefits the environment and people across the globe who need shoes. It is an active way to be Disciples, “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.”

-How Much Can We Make?  The money you raise depends on the number of shoes you collect. Payments are based on the number bags collected. Each bag must contain 25 pairs of shoes.  Here is a quick breakdown:

300 bags = 7500 pairs of shoes = $3000
100 bags = 2500 pairs of shoes = $1000
50 bags = 1250 pairs of shoes = $500
25 bags = 625 pairs of shoes = $250
10 bags = 250 pairs of shoes = $100
5 bags = 125 pairs of shoes = $50
1 bag = 25 pairs of shoes = $10

Where Do We Get The Shoes?  Everywhere you can imagine, from your closet or garage, from your neighbors, community groups, or even a local thrift or shoe store.

How Do We Get Others' Support? The best way is to simply ask.  Many people go door to door. We will help you by sending you fliers, door hangers, or even drop boxes you can ask about placing at church or a local store.

What Happens To The Shoes? All shoes will be sold to micro-enterprise companies in developing countries to be resold for minimum prices in public markets to those in need of shoes.

Why Is This Important? – Two main reasons – 1) All shoes contain toxic contaminants.  When they end up in landfills they pollute the environment, and:  2) Affordable shoes are one of the greatest needs for people in poverty around the globe.

Where Do We Put The Shoes? – Great question. All shoes are to be placed in bags, which the Region will provide. Each bag should hold about 25 pairs of shoes. 

Where Do We Put The Bags? Even better question! Here are two options: 1) Find a location at your congregation or ministry facility to store bags until Regional Assembly.  2) We have designated holding locations throughout the Region that bags can be stored.  We also have awesome volunteers in each area of our Region who can help pick up and drop off bags.

What Do We Do With The Money We Make? Let your imagination help with this question.  You help your church budget, give to youth or outreach, support Loch Leven or the Region.  Pray and see what you are led to support!

What Other Ways Can I Help? Great question. Here are a few:

-Tell everyone you know what you are doing and ask them to get involved, or at least ask for their spare shoes!
-Post your involvement on Social Media, FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
-Take photos/video of the shoes you collect. (The Region will hold a contest & chose the most creative submission!)
-Write a short article on your SOUL-FULL experience and submit it for the Regional blog!
-Download a flier in English, Korean or Spanish and advertise SOUL-FULL in your church and community!

Can I Find Out About The Soul-full Shoe Drive On-Line? – YES! Check back here on the PSWR Blog for updates or on the PSWR Facebook page.

Who Do I Contact With Questions? Email Dan Oliver





AuthorAlisa Mittelstaedt
Categories2014 SOUL-FULL